About graft versus host disease (GVHD)

GVHD is a possible complication of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant from another person.

GVHD symptoms

The symptoms depend on the type of graft versus host disease (GVHD) and which parts of your body it affects.

Diagnosing GVHD

You will have futher tests and investigations if you have symptoms of GVHD.

Preventing GVHD

Your doctor will reduce your risk of developing GVHD by getting the best possible donor match for your transplant. And there are also some treatments to help prevent GVHD.

Treatment of GVHD

Treatment for graft versus host disease (GVHD) can depend on a number of factors, including what type of GVHD you have and where you have it.

Coping with chronic GVHD

Chronic GVHD can be difficult to cope with. Find out more about how it might affect you and what support is available. 

Resources and support

There are lots of organisations, support groups and helpful books to help you cope with symptoms and side effects caused by cancer and its treatment.

Last reviewed: 
27 Feb 2014

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